A new fetishPosted: February 1, 2010
Meet “Happy”. While looking through the native fetishes in a favorite store, I found this incredible carving of a lhasa apso. It was done by Felica Martinez, carver from the Zuni Pueblo. Surprising on so many levels–first just to find a dog fetish and second that it was an apso! Dogs in the Native American world are simply considered part of the working household, not ordinarily subjects for their artwork. Felica has been encouraged to try carving different dog breeds. Happy is less than 2″ and fits nicely in my medicine pouch. Keshi, a business based in Santa Fe, offers great examples of Native American art from the Zuni Pueblo.